The Exploring Japan through Sport, Wellness and Culture course is designed to provide students with hands on, experiential activities that will foster an understanding of Japan and Japanese culture. Prior leaving for Japan, students will be exposed to the Japanese language and customs through lectures at Ohio State. Students will then participate in a two-week experience in Japan that will include participating in the Tsukuba Summer Institute (8 days) plus cultural excursions to Tokyo, Tsukuba Shrine, and Nikko. The Tsukuba Summer Institute (TSI) is an 8-day international seminar/workshop for undergraduate and graduate students in sport, physical activity and physical education from around the globe (over 15 different countries). TSI is held at the University of Tsukuba in the Ibaraki Prefecture, which is approximately one-hour northeast of Tokyo. During TSI students can participate in one of three learning tracks: (1) Sport, Physical Activity, and Culture in Japan, (2) International Development through Sport, or (3) Collaborative Research . Prior to and after TSI, students will visit Tokyo, Tsukuba Shrine, and the Shrines and Temples of Nikko to gain further understanding of Japan and Japanese History and Culture.
Expected Learning Outcomes
1. Gain a deeper understanding Japanese customs and culture as demonstrated through an oral presentation about the experience.
2. Develop an understanding of Judo, Kendo and Kyudo as demonstrated through active participation in TSI workshops.
3. Gain an understanding of the history and culture of Japan as demonstrated through reflections on cultural excursions.
4. Develop critical thinking and reflection skills relative to their personal wellness as demonstrated through a personal reflective journal or blog.
5. Gain an increased understanding of how sport, physical activity and wellness operates in and acts on society in Japan as demonstrated through active participation in TSI, personal reflections, and oral presentations.
6. Gain a deeper understanding of global issues and/or innovative research in sport, physical activity, and physical education by attending daily lectures from international scholars.
7. Gain a deeper understanding of different cultures as demonstrated through participation in multi-national groups in TSI activities.
The program will be primarily located in Tsukuba, Japan, with excursions to Tokyo and other locations in Japan.
Students will be housed in residence halls at the University of Tsukuba.
Associate Professor, Human Sciences Administration
Professor, Human Sciences Administration
Education Abroad Coordinator